6 Things To Do In Southeastern PA In Fall

6 Things To Do In Southeastern PA In Fall

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Pennsylvania is the best state for Fall fun (not that I'm biased...), however, it can be hard to decide what to do with the many activities going on. As a native Pennsylvanian, I have experienced or heard of many of these. I will give you my top recommendations based on activities I've found fun. Also included will be activities that have been recommended to me.

1. Go to an Orchard

The closest orchard to me is Highland Orchards in West Bradford Township, PA, but Southeastern PA boasts many more including Linvilla Orchards of Media, PA and North Star Orchard in Cochranville, PA. During the Fall season, many of these Orchards offer a variety of fun activities for couples, families, and people of all ages. Highland offers apple picking shuttles out to the fields where you can pick a peck of everything from Gala to Mutsu and Jonagold. If you like your apples in a less solid form, they offer warm apple cider inside, and you can pair it with one of their mind-blowing apple cider donuts. They also offer a family fun area where kids and parents alike can make a scarecrow or go through a hay maze. Occasionally throughout the season, they offer a late night hayride great for couples and for families. Sometimes this is paired with a bonfire and a spooky story, especially as it nears Halloween. If you're already dreaming of Thanksgiving, you can pre-order your pies for the big day and pick them up the day before.

2. Enjoying a Picnic at the Park

Pennsylvania is a very green state that has many parks, state and local. Any of the many locales would be a prime spot to go on a romantic picnic or even just a family outing. Brandywine Picnic Park in West Chester, PA also offers games and pedal boats that you can take on the Brandywine River that runs nearby. Valley Forge State Park in Valley Forge, PA is not only a great picnic spot but a historical one as well. If you are a history buff this park is the place for you. Check out their website to find out more about their historical tours here: https://www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/historictales.htm

3. On that note...

Pennsylvania is a pinnacle of history thanks to our revolutionary friends. The mecca for it in Southeast PA is in the historic city of Philadelphia. There you can visit the home of the liberty bell and the constitution, and see where Betsy Ross embroidered the first flag of our country. If revolutionary history is not your thing, Eastern State Penitentiary is a more recent blast from the past that played host to Al Capone and others. Not only is it a piece of history, it is also a local haunt during the Halloween season.

4. Halloween Haunts

As mentioned above, Eastern State is a popular haunted attraction. Hell, I went for one of their daytime historical tours and I still felt spooked. Another popular locale is Pennhurst Asylum. Many a college friend would return from this one looking as if they'd gotten an email about a surprise exam from a professor. Then if you travel just up Route 3 and head toward the Granite Run area you run into the Bates Motel, home of the haunted hayride. Lastly is Jason's Woods, another popular fright that lives in the heart of Lancaster, PA.

5. Intercourse, PA

Despite the town name that incites inappropriate giggles, this small town is no laughing matter when it comes to what is offered in the village here. Kitchen Kettle Village boasts several shops with everything from olive oil, leather jackets, fudge, preserved bugs and music boxes. That only scrapes the surface of what is offered there. It is a locale you could visit several times and come home with something new each trip. Nearby is Rumspringa Brewery that has a plethora of wines, beers, and ciders to choose from. You can get a growler or just a glass to sit and enjoy.

6. Railways

Also in Lancaster County is the Strasburg Railroad Line which offers a variety of tours and activities including a haunted train ride, a train robbery, and a wine and paint night for the adults. Also offered is the West Chester Railroad Company that offers Fall foliage tours and a Halloween themed ride, great for families with small kids.

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12 Gifts To Give Your Girlfriend On Valentine's Day

All of these gift ideas will for sure win over your girlfriend's heart this year!
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To all the last-minute gift givers of Valentine's Day:

Don't panic. While I know how stressful it can be to get the perfect gift for your significant other, there are so many gift ideas that people always forget as an option. The best part about Valentine's day is not the gifts you get, but rather the romantic time you get to spend with your loved one. So don't worry about how expensive the gift is, just worry about how much thought you put into it. If you are still stuck on a gift to buy for your girlfriend, here are 12 ideas to get the ball rolling for you:

1. Chocolate



Chocolate is every woman's best friend. It also can be your wallet's best friend for this Valentine's Day season. A box of chocolate can warm your girlfriend's heart for a low price.

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2. Flowers



Flowers. Another common, but romantic gift for your girlfriend. Get creative with it. Throw rose pedals all over the bed, or hand her a giant bouquet all at once. Either way I am sure she will love it.

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3. Giant Teddy Bear



This is a gift that I always found so adorable. While it can be obnoxious to purchase and carry around, the look on your girlfriend's face when she sees it will make it all worth it. She can cuddle the bear when you're not around. ;)

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4. Wine



Again, another luxury that is a woman's best friend. You cannot go wrong with buying your girlfriend a bottle, or bottles, of wine. The only question you have to ask yourself when buying it is, red or white?

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5. A Couple's Massage

Um, hello. Who wouldn't love this gift? Not only is it a gift for her, but it is one for you as well. This gift can also be surprisingly cheap. Many places offer amazing deals during the Valentine's Day season!


6. Dinner

There is absolutely nothing wrong with just taking your girlfriend to a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day. Dinner can be expensive enough as it is, the important thing to remember is to make memories that will last a lifetime during the meal.


7. A Movie



Again, nothing wrong with just going to a movie for the night. Sometimes a movie can set the level of romance you need for Valentine's Day.

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8. A Necklace



I know what you're thinking, too expensive! Don't throw away the necklace idea just yet. There are so many stores that sell such elegant necklaces, and they are decently priced as well. Check out stores like Alex and Ani, or Pandora for great deals, or just order from Amazon!


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9. A Ring



While this gift may only apply to a select few, imagine how memorable this day would be for your girlfriend. Do not think it is too cliche to propose to your girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Who cares how many other people do it, think about the joy it will bring her.

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10. Clothes



Plan and buy your girlfriend's outfit for the night! It saves her time figuring out what to wear, and you just bought her clothes that she will absolutely adore!

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11. A One Night Stay at a Hotel



I don't think I have to say anything about this gift. You all know how romantic this is.

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12. Personalized Picture Frame



A gift that is beyond thoughtful. Taking all of your pictures of memories from before and putting them together for your girlfriend is a gift that will for sure have her in tears.

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5 Things To Look For Before Signing A Lease

"Does it have a hallway closet?"

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Spring is an exciting time of year. The trees are starting to get leaves again, flowers are blooming and the weather is starting to get nicer. Spring Break seems to be right around the corner. However, Spring also brings the dreaded apartment hunting season. Once your lease is up you can either renew it or find a new place. Finding a new apartment can be stressful but that shouldn't take the fun out of it. So, here is a list of things I wish I had known to look for before signing the lease.

Check for hallway closets

Once moving in you realize how much you miss that closet in the hallway and how much stuff you really put in there. That closet was the perfect place to stash those pesky cleaning supplies, the vacuum, and the broom. Those odds and ends like the extra paper towels and water bottles so nicely fit into that hallway closet you took for granted. Living without storage for these items has made our living area and kitchen look a mess and a nuisance when having to move it just to use the table.

Noise levels

Noise levels are something that is often forgotten about when walking through an apartment. You shouldn't be able to hear your roommates Netflix binge through the wall. What about the floors do the creak? Does the door make an annoying screech when opening it? What about the traffic outside does it bother you? Remember once you sign that lease you're stuck until it is up. Living with creaky doors and floors makes going to your 8 am class so much worse knowing you might wake your roommate by accident.

Damages

Damages are something most people notice before moving in but is there water damage? Water damage often means a leaking roof or dripping pipe that could become a worse issue later. Taking note of these damages before signing can prevent you from having to pay for them later.

Neighborhood

It's college everyone parties it seems, but living by the parties can be annoying especially if you're trying to study. Partying usually happens a couple nights of the week but those couple nights seem like every night when attempting to study for an exam on Thirsty Thursday. Studying feels nearly impossible when you hear a raging party going on next door.

Kitchen storage

Storage in general as mentioned in number one is important. A place for your food in the kitchen makes a difference in how much you actually cook. When having a place for cans or boxes of pasta you feel less overwhelmed when you do cook them. Cooking with stuff on the counters isn't only annoying but it makes a mess to clean up. Storage for all your kitchen gadgets and dishes makes for an easier life and not just piles laying around.

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